Angels Landing

Client The Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners, Claridge Properties
Location Los Angeles, CA
Status In Design

Handel Architects' 64-story tower at Angels Landing will be a bookend to the Downtown Los Angeles skyline.

Angels Landing is Handel Architects' newest mixed-use project in Downtown Los Angeles. It includes a variety of uses clustered around a large amount of public open space, which is being designed by Olin. Plans include 422 residential units, two hotels, cultural/civic space, and 50,000 sq. ft. of retail. The site, most recently home to the temporary park known as Angels Knoll, was previously intended to be part of a re-development project decades ago.

On an urban scale, the project strives to connect the various neighborhoods that converge at this location, including the Financial District, the Historic Core, the Cultural District and Civic Center. By using the buildings’ architecture and landscaping, the design encourages the fluid movement of people into and through the site’s many building lobbies, retail storefronts and plazas. The design approach is based on a number of key factors: the re-interpretation of the arrival plaza at the Pershing Square Metro Station; enhancement of the pedestrian experience of riding the Angels Flight funicular; and creating a more lively pedestrian experience to and from California Plaza and its adjacent office buildings.

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The podium is composed of a series of cantilevered floors and terraced levels that gradually reach upwards to California Plaza.

The floorplate configurations vary and undulate along the plaza to create unique spaces for circulation, planting, and gathering.


Rising above the podium are two towers, organized to act as a gateway into the project site.

The lower tower is located along 4th Street and is set back from the corner of Hill Street, while the taller tower is located on the north side of the parcel and is located closer to the street edge. The juxtaposition of the two towers creates a dynamic composition within the overall context and provides visual distinction from the surrounding context.

The 42-story tower incorporates a horizontal balcony feature that wraps around the building to create strong bands along the exterior. The base of the taller tower is expressed by a similar balcony design, creating a dialogue between the two structures. Above, the banding on the tower turns vertical by using protruding vertical fins that appear as layered screens in front of a horizontal substructure, exposing balconies at the corners of the floor plates.

Angels Landing is a development where urban design and architecture are fused together to create a world class development and a new landmark for the City of Los Angeles.